Posted 09 May 2006 - 12:16 AM
Most manufacturers have a diagnostic program that you download to a floppy, and you then boot from that to run the diagnostic.
Just out of curiosity, when the computer runs the POST, does it tell you that the SMART is bad?
DaveM59 is right, back up all your important data, and think about things that are peripheral to operations like your address book, if the hdd quits before you back up all of your information there are some tricks that you can try, like putting the hdd in the freezer for a short amount of time.
Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life. You never know when one will leave you.